Atlanta’s aggressive attack will have the opportunity to add to their already impressive tally of 61 Major League Soccer goals this season when Montreal Impact visit the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday night. Gerardo Martino’s men have scored 17 goals in their last four home games and Montreal will be up against it barring a minor miracle.
Both sides head into this one in relatively good form but Atlanta are arguably the stronger of the two clubs – and that is reflected in their league position. The hosts are fourth in the Eastern Conference whilst the Canadian outfit are seventh; seven points behind their opponents on this occasion.
Atlanta will head into this contest as red hot favourites with the bookmakers and punters looking to maximise value should consider the 8/15 available with Betway. Most companies are going shorter and bettors who want to get more for their money should consider opting to back Martino’s side with that firm.
Bit it would be foolish to write the Impact off completely. Montreal are more than capable of notching a positive result and the draw looks well priced at 31/10 with 888sport. Time is running out in the race to qualify for the playoffs and the Canadian outfit cannot afford to lose this weekend; a draw looks quite likely.
Could they? An away triumph is available at a very appealing 5/1 with Bet365 – an industry best price. Montreal aren’t great away from home but in football, you never know and a famous win here would send shockwaves across Major League Soccer. Backing the Impact to win on the road may be a tad unwise given their recent fortunes.
Individual Goal Scorers
With 17 (yes, seventeen) goals so far this season, Josef Martinez has been sensational for Atlanta. The Colombian is currently a 7/2 shot with 10Bet to open the scoring and punters will be keen to back the 24-year-old before his price drops. At the present moment, there is value in backing him given his immense record in front of goal.
Like Martinez, Ignacio Piatti also has 17 goals this campaign – an incredible record when you consider the fact that he is recognised as a midfielder. At the time of writing, Winner Sports are going 2/1 on the Argentinian to score during 90 minutes. Write him off at your peril, the Impact will be relying on Piatti to lead by example this weekend.
Other Side Bets
Atlanta will look to make a fast start and bettors can still get EVS on United to be leading at half-time. Martino will have his troops fired up for another bombardment and fans will be expecting a dominant success. Bet365’s price certainly represents excellent value when you consider Atlanta’s recent home form. A fairly comprehensive victory could be on the cards.
For those who fancy a slightly riskier bet, over 3.5 goals is widely available at 11/10 with a number of popular high street bookmakers including Bet365. This has landed in four of Atlanta’s last five MLS fixtures and another exciting contest with plenty of goals looks likely. Again, Montreal don’t possess that kind of firepower but it would be foolish to write the Impact off. The Canadian side have a key role to play this weekend.
PREDICTION: Atlanta United 3-1 Montreal Impact
- Atlanta United to win @ 8/15 with Betway
- Atlanta United to win first half @ EVS with Bet365
- Under 3.5 goals @ 1/2 with 888Sport